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Sep 26 2017
by Devon Fenesy

7 Apps to Help You De-stress

By Devon Fenesy - Sep 26 2017

College can cause plenty of stress and you don't deserve to panic. Your mental health should be a top priority. To keep yourself sane, try some of these apps! Each app is a different way to de-stress, using different tools and ways to calm you down. I tried seven kinds of apps that are all said to help you de-stress and rated each of them on a 1-10 scale.

1. Coloring Book for Adults – Adult Coloring Book

This app was created for relaxation, calming, de-stressing, etc., which was nice. I personally appreciate actual coloring over online coloring, but if you plug in your headphones and choose to draw in this app, it can definitely help.  

Rating: 4/10 

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2. Pacifica – Anxiety, Stress and Depression Relief 

This app has just about everything. It has certain kinds of stress meditations, suggestions for guided path de-stressors and the home page includes specific types of journals and a mood tracker. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an app that has a long-term effect, rather than a short-term fix.

Rating: 9/10

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3. Yoga for Beginners – Meditation Relax Stress Relief

This app was very well laid out, but most of the poses had to be unlocked. Yes, yoga is known as a great de-stressor, but it never mentioned calming poses, de-stress techniques, etc.. I would try it if yoga is something you love to do, but not for your average anxiety. 

Rating: 3/10

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4. Headspace: Guided Meditation 

I would suggest this app for anyone who enjoys meditation, but who also just needs a moment to breathe. It made me feel calm instantly, and each meditation is geared towards your needs, specifically. They even have a meditation for those leaving from home to college!   

Rating: 8/10

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5. End Anxiety Hypnosis 

Honestly, it kinda works. In the first moments, I always get very relaxed, but I end up asleep a lot of time. After waking up hours later in a panic a few different times, I would only use this if you're having a hard time going to sleep.

Rating: 5/10

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6. Stress Baal

This app is very cute and charming, but the instructions are not very clear, and the ball is fun to throw around for about 30 seconds. I would not suggest this app for actual stress, but maybe extreme boredom. 

Rating: 1/10 

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7. Peak – Brain Training

I really enjoyed playing all the brain games, but I don't know if it really relieved any stress. Although it is working your brain, and most likely benefitting you, I would not label this a de-stressor.

Rating: 5/10

Check it out here

Everyone needs a little de-stressing in their life. So grab a family size bag of chips, climb into the bathtub, read a book or maybe hop onto the App Store and try some of these out! 

Lead Image Credit: Pixabay 

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